When should I start planting in my Denver garden?

Posted by Mic Ortega on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 11:47am.

 

 

With the temperature in the 70’s yesterday, I couldn’t help but think spring must be around the corner. That means planting season is fast approaching and it is time to start planning your Denver garden. But when is the best time to start planting? You don’t want to plant too early because we know we are going to get more snow in the next month or so. But planting too late, you won’t be getting much produce by the time fall freezes start happening. So what are you to do?

I have heard as a general rule, starting to put plants in the ground around Mother’s Day is a safe bet. But what if you are planting from seed? Should you put those in the ground in early May too or should you start those indoors before hand? I would love to hear your advice and what you have found to work best in the past. In the meantime, I found this great website that tells you when to start your seeds indoors based on your zip code, it is that specific. Click here to investigate further and let me know how it works for you this year.

2 Responses to "When should I start planting in my Denver garden?"

Candice Orlando wrote: Spring Fever is definitely running through my body. The warm temperatures and the smell of spring rain yesterday morning sparked my inner thoughts saying it is time to get working.
Denver has a short growing season but there are ways to get the most out of your garden even despite this. In the next few weeks it would be good to start your warm season crops inside including tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. If you have a cold frame or miniature hoop house in your garden you can start planting peas, lettuce, spinach and arugula now. Just make sure to give your new seedlings air during warmer days. If you do not have anything that helps extend your growing season you can start sowing cool season crops 6 weeks before last frost in ground but know that if we get a late season hard frost you may lose some of your vegetables but many can survive a light frost and some even like it.

If you have started your warm season crops inside, make sure to harden them off during the warm days of spring during May. Slowly introduce them to the sun and the elements but do not let the soil dry out to much, be careful that the leaves do not get sun bleached and bring them in at night until the night time temperatures are around 50. You can transplant them in late May or early June but check the forecast because there have been cold snowy nights in Denver even in late May. Patience is key to gardening as hard as it may be. Happy Planting!

Great Resources Below!
www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/What-To-Plant-Now.aspx
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/

Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 8:19am.

Mic Ortega wrote: Hi Candice, thank you so much for the great advice, going to start working on getting some seeds going now.

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 10:20am.

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